Taylor Wessing ’14 at the NPG

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Popped by the National Portrait Gallery this evening to catch the 2014 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize whom I have been following since 2003. This year’s finalists again, are varied in their styles, and some are rather predictable. There are however some gems, like the above catalogue cover image titled Arvi by Sami Parkkinen.  There are also a smattering of portraits of celebrities or persons of significance, like Steven McQueen, Silvio Berlusconi, and Lenny Henry. My pick of the show is Stella by Michele Aboud (below).

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This image above by Ian Atkinson was also a finalist entry in KL International Photoawards 2014 and was exhibited in Kuala Lumpur in August 2014. (Lewisham Chair of Council, Cllr, Obajimi Adefiranye, from series The London Borough Mayors 2013-2014)

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The exhibition at the NPG runs till 22 February 2015.

http://www.npg.org.uk/photoprize1/site14/index.php

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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InstantLondon – Trafalgar Square

Every year the people of Oslo present a tree to the people of Britain as a symbol of gratitude to the British since the end of WW2 in 1947. The tree is the focus of Trafalgar Square during the month of December. I can’t wait to see the back of 2014. This has been a year of tragedies, not least the MH370 and MH17 incidents, ISIS, ebola, Peshawar and countless other atrocities committed by man against man, and against nature. Let’s wish that 2015 will be better and we can see the beauty in humanity again. Thank you to all who have visited this blog, please do continue to drop by and also post your comments.

USA – CUBA

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Musicians from La Bodeguita del Medio, Havana 2011

What great news to end 2014, hopefully to be passed by Congress. USA will begin normalisation talks with Cuba following over 50 years of sanctions in trade and diplomatic relations. We went there as a photography workshop group in 2011 and found the Cubans to be warm and friendly, open and very resourceful. No doubt there will be inevitable changes should travel restrictions be lifted, on both sides.